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    In researching haze machines for some upcoming shoots, I came across these documents from the Actor's Equity and it gave me some pause.

    https://www.actorsequity.org/resourc...inalreport.pdf
    https://www.actorsequity.org/resourc...moke-and-haze/

    I'm still going through the fine details but wanted to know what everyone's thoughts are on these and whether you are following these guidelines and regulations? There's a lot in there and I have to admit, I've never seen anyone use one of the monitoring devices they talk about.
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    you guys live in a crazy country...
    180 pages to fire up a smoke machine,
    safety officers if you have a talent in high heels,
    and during the lunch break its ok to buy a sub-machine gun
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    To be fair, we can only legally possess semi-auto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Konrad View Post
    you guys live in a crazy country...
    180 pages to fire up a smoke machine,
    safety officers if you have a talent in high heels,
    and during the lunch break its ok to buy a sub-machine gun
    Yep pretty much
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    Martin,

    The report is not meant to be a manual for the use of smoke machines. It is a detailed report on the possible effects of aerosols and recommended procedures including the methodology used. This issue is not trivial if you are working on a theatrical or studio based production where you are exposed to this stuff for ten hours a day for possibly months on end. Steve, in relation to your question the report seems to be most concerned about theatrical productions where exposure is long term. I personnally would only be concerned if you have children on set, working in a closed set, planning on a pea soup effect and/or your going to need the aerosols over a long period. I would defer this question to your producers.
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    What are your favorite machines? I've used this one on past shoots.

    https://www.reelefx.com/product.1

    Not familiar with the Rosco V-Hazer or others. I'm not sure of some of the brands that may have been used on sets where I was not directly involved with the fog/haze machines.

    Best Hazer?

    Best fog machine?

    Hybrid?

    Thanks!
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    I see the DF-50 on set often
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Sherrick View Post
    What are your favorite machines? I've used this one on past shoots.

    https://www.reelefx.com/product.1

    Not familiar with the Rosco V-Hazer or others. I'm not sure of some of the brands that may have been used on sets where I was not directly involved with the fog/haze machines.

    Best Hazer?

    Best fog machine?

    Hybrid?

    Thanks!
    The DF-50 is a classic hazer, total workhorse.

    For foggers, the most commonly used brands are Look Solutions and Hazebase, however I've seen Antari used as well.
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    Has anyone used the Rosco Mini-V Fog Machine?

    Also looking at purchasing a fog machine for smaller indie shoots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexander.M View Post
    Has anyone used the Rosco Mini-V Fog Machine?

    Also looking at purchasing a fog machine for smaller indie shoots.
    I would look at a Z-1200II. Similar price, but higher output, DMX controllable, and adjustable output level.
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